Written for: dVerse Poets Pub - Poetry Form: Monotetra
(posted by Grace)
"Today we are going to try our hand with a poetic form developed by Michael Walker, the monotetra. Here are the basic rules:
*Comprised of quatrains (four-line stanzas) in tetrameter (four metrical feet) for a total of 8 syllables per line
*Each quatrain consists of mono-rhymed lines (so each line in the first stanza has the same type of rhyme, as does each line in the second stanza, etc.)
*The final line of each stanza repeats the same four syllables. This is what makes the monotetra so powerful as a poetic form – the last line contains two metrical feet, repeated.
*This poem can be as short as 1 or 2 quatrains and as long as a poet wishes."
Line 1: 8 syllables; A1
Line 2: 8 syllables; A2
Line 3: 8 syllables; A3
Line 4: 4 syllables, repeated; A4, A4
Many flowers from which to choose
chocolate chip mint, hard to refuse.
Coffee, mudslide, now I'm confused.
No way to lose! No way to lose!
Look at the ocean, I beseech,
not that I wish to make a speech.
I tell everyone I can reach,
life is a beach! life is a beach!